Climate Change

On this episode of This Green Earth Walt Meier of the National Snow and Ice Data Center joins the show. He talks with Chris and Nell about the record amount of sea ice that has melted this past summer up in the Arctic Ocean, how close open water is to the North Pole and, the role climate change is playing in that annual event.     

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Local reservoirs are close to full and the spring run-off hasn’t begun. Snow falling in the mountains this time of year, according to experts, means the water projections look good for this summer.

Senior State Hydrologist Brian McInerny is wrapping up his 30-year career with the National Weather Service. He retires the end of this month. His plans are to ski and bike more and continue working with an academic climate change non-profit.  Earlier in his career, the subject of climate change was off limits.


The Park City Climate Fund was created following the Mountain Towns 2030 climate summit in October 2019, where dozens of representatives from government, businesses and nonprofits met to discuss solutions to the impacts of climate change. Ollie Wilder, community impact director at the Park City Community Foundation, says the foundation wanted to support organizations searching for answers.

Among the crowds of visitors, celebrities and volunteers, Sundance attendees may have noticed a curious character present during the festival. A snowman came to the festival with a message about climate change.

Wearing a foam snowman suit, complete with a black top hat and a fuzzy, red scarf, Steve Firkins spent every day of the Sundance Film Festival out on the street in downtown Park City. With a briefcase in hand and a sign that said “stop global warming” on one side and “save yourselves” on the other, Firkins hailed from Minnesota to pitch a movie.

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During their first meeting of the year, the Summit County Council looked at two topics on the national stage.

They endorsed two separate Resolutions, dealing with climate change, and resettling refugees.

The Council has previously voted for a Resolution pledging to deal with the impacts of Climate Change.

Now, they’ve been approached by the state-wide Citizens Climate Lobby to support the Energy Initiative and Carbon Dividend Act, proposed in the U.S. Congress.

The Park City Community Foundation announced a new program to support innovative ideas for combating climate change. 

John Curtis

Utah Congressman John Curtis reflected on his experience as an elected official—both at the local and federal levels—when it comes to addressing climate change and environmental issues. 

Rep. John Curtis, a Republican from Utah’s third congressional district, expressed feeling a bit out of place at Park City’s Mountain Towns 2030 net-zero conference Thursday.

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Renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall addressed a sold-out Eccles Center Wednesday evening, as the keynote speaker for Park City’s Mountain Towns 2030 conference. 

What do chimpanzees have to do with climate change? Jane Goodall says the climate crisis has far-reaching impacts, including the drying of chimpanzees’ forest habitats.

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Representatives from the nation’s largest ski resort companies explained what their organizations are doing to reduce their environmental impact at the Mountain Towns 2030 conference Wednesday. 

Vail Resorts Sustainability Director Kate Wilson says the organization set a resort-wide goal in 2017 to be net-zero carbon by 2030. That includes zero net emissions, zero waste to landfills and zero net operating impact to forests and habitat. Vail acquired Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Village in 2014.

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The Mountain Towns 2030 conference, hosted by Park City Municipal and the Park City Community Foundation, kicked off Wednesday with a sobering message about the effects of climate change. 

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It’s been a dry, warm winter so far this season.  We’ve had persistent high pressure settling in over most of the Western states, and snow enthusiasts are looking to the long-range forecast for the hope of a break in this pattern.  Carolyn Murray has this report:

Utah leaders met on Tuesday pledging to tackle climate change and signed a declaration called Path to Positive Utah. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

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The Park City Interfaith Council and Citizens Climate Lobby are teaming up to present a two part series on climate change.  The first meeting is this Sunday, October 8th.  The guest panel includes both a science and a humanities perspective on the impacts of climate change.  Carolyn Murray has more:

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President Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will be withdrawing from the Paris accord -- the global agreement, reached in 2015, to set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting the rise in average global temperatures. But the President's denial of global warming got a cold reception from America's cities. A group of 83 mayors -- including Park City's own Jack Thomas -- say they will continue to uphold the commitments of the Paris Agreement. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

Congress gets back to work September 8th.   A top priority for lawmakers will be the federal budget.  KPCW's Renai Bodley spoke to Utah Senator Mike Lee and Utah Democratic leaders about what's at stake.